"I did not sit down with ICF and say, 'We're not going to release this, so tell me everything you want,' " he said.
House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, has introduced a bill that would essentially negate the FOIA exemption cited by the governor's staff.
The document consists of five pages of bullet points, numbered lists and recommendations. It criticizes Frontier Communications for some issues related to its work on the broadband Internet project.
The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program provided $126 million in federal grant funds for West Virginia to expand its high-speed Internet capacity. The grant was awarded in 2010 under the administration of then-Gov Joe Manchin.
In the spring of 2012, the Tomblin administration wanted to bring in experts to analyze how Frontier was doing with its implementation of the project. The Department of Commerce was already working with ICF on broadband issues at the time, so a request for consultation services on the broadband opportunities project was included.
The report, also completed in the spring, is scathing at times. It says Frontier isn't building the correct style of infrastructure for the project, uses products that "far exceed" what is needed and has problems documenting its work.
"As the steward of the BTOP grant, WV cannot be put into the position of improperly using public funds and cannot be party to Frontier decisions that subvert, appear to subvert, or are not in compliance to federal regulations and grant objectives," the report states.
Both the governor's staff and Frontier say the document is old and at times misleading. Alsop said ICF misunderstood some parameters of the project, particularly portions about what Frontier should be doing in regards to infrastructure work.
Any legitimate concerns were taken up with Frontier and satisfactorily addressed, Alsop said.
Dana Waldo, Frontier senior vice president and general manager, had stronger words about the report.
"The ICF report provides worthless, inaccurate and stale comments that merely repeat previously repudiated allegations. It is totally incomprehensible that ICF failed to realize that the project's federal oversight agency investigated such red herrings and soundly rejected them in November 2010," Waldo said in a statement emailed by a spokesman.
The National Telecommunications and information Administration, charged with oversight of the program nationwide, issued a report on BTOP in November 2010.
The project has repeatedly faced inquiry from many different angles. Following reports in the Gazette last year about massive routers purchases, federal and state auditors investigated the program. Both auditors found mistakes with several different facets of the program that potentially cost the state millions of dollars unnecessarily.
The governor's office has pledged to address some of those concerns. Now a U.S. senator, Manchin has said he will also talk about the project at a "broadband summit" created by the governor. Although at first he said he would speak at the March meeting, it was later announced the event was postponed until sometime in the near future.